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Continuing Care: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL16804, tabled on 1 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in receipt of continuing healthcare payments in England, broken down by category of payment, in (1) 2010, (2) 2015, (3) 2016, (4) 2017, (5) 2018, and (6) 2019.

Answered on

15 July 2019

Data on NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) payments is not held currently, but NHS England collects data on the total number of cases eligible for NHS CHC during each year. This includes newly eligible individuals and individuals who were already eligible at the start of the period. The following table provides the total numbers eligible for both Standard and Fast Track NHS CHC for the years 2015/16 to 2018/19. ‘Category of payment’ has been interpreted to mean the split of total NHS CHC by Standard NHS CHC and Fast Track.

Data relating to 2010/11 has not been included as formal mandatory data collection was not in place at this time and is therefore not comparable to the more robust data collected subsequently.

Number eligible year to date

Period

Standard NHS CHC

Fast Track

Total NHS CHC

2015/16

67,774

91,791

159,565

2016/17

63,474

96,353

159,827

2017/18

59,916

99,706

159,622

2018/19

56,395

104,461

160,856

‘Somerset Health Authority’ is not a recognised organisation. Data is therefore provided for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the years 2015/16 to 2018/19.

Somerset CCG Number eligible year to date

Period

Standard NHS CHC

Fast Track

Total NHS CHC

2015/16

835

1,277

2,112

2016/17

511

1,495

2,006

2017/18

350

1,572

1,922

2018/19

330

1,626

1,956

Data relating to 2010/11 has not been included as formal mandatory data collection was not in place at this time and is therefore not comparable to the more robust data collected subsequently. In addition, 2010/11 data pre-dates the existence of CCGs and relates to primary care trusts, meaning that comparison at organisational level is not possible.

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